Chelo Ramirez, Valedictorian, Class of 1970
Johnny's death left me feeling sad and nostalgic. You know, I
don't remember if I saw him again or spoke with him since graduation.
Yet, I thought of him quite often. He was such a good friend.
I vividly remember one event in particular. He and I were sitting
outside the school building next to the tennis courts. I know it
was during our senior year, and what we talked about: not having
a date for "The Senior Prom" - What a tragedy! He had a knack of accepting
each one of us as individuals; a maturity beyond his time. I think his
nickname was "La Papa" because he was a solid individual. I pray he knew
how many people's lives he touched throughout his short life.
Class of 1970